The political action committee backing
Restore Our Future, a so-called Super PAC, reported the buy in documents filed with the
The filing indicates that similar ads against Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, are in the offing before Illinois’ March 20 primary. Super PACs backing Santorum and former House Speaker
Romney ads began airing locally on Chicago broadcast stations this week, part of an initial $100,000 ad buy that also includes another $150,000 of cable TV time, according to a source familiar with political ad buying in the expensive Chicago market who is not authorized to speak publicly.
The presidential ad buys come as candidates for Congress reported new fundraising totals for the first two months of the year and many began taking to the airwaves with little more than a week to go before the state's primary election.
In the northwest suburban 8th Congressional District Democratic primary,
Duckworth began March with $255,473, while Krishnamoorthi had $261,692 left. Combined, the two have raised nearly $2.5 million for the campaign season.
Supporters of Krishnamoorthi earlier this week started a political committee that will raise and spend money separate from the official campaign. Michael Vainisi, who helped run Krishnamoorthi's failed 2010 primary bid for state comptroller, said the committee plans to raise about $30,000 and spend it on "positive" TV ads.
Duckworth spokeswoman Kaitlin Fahey called the move "desperate."
In the 2nd District, U.S. Rep.
In the north suburban 10th Congressional District, Democratic activist Ilya Sheyman raised $237,044 in the first two months of the year and had $242,369 in his campaign bank account to start the month. Opponent Brad Schneider raised $131,571 from January to March and had $209,735 on hand.
In the west and southwest suburban 11th District, former Democratic Rep.
Democrat Juan Thomas, a former township clerk from Aurora, reported raising $103,319 overall with just $8,045 available. Democrat Jim Hickey, president of the Orland Fire Protection District, raised $3,605, lent his campaign another $4,859 and had $2,391 left.